I've been reading lots of old & new posts lately, and unfinished projects...home DIY or crafty projects...seems to be a recurring theme when it comes to clutter. I'm posting because I find this fascinating & wanted to just start a general conversation and see where it goes.
I know when there are general discussions, I've seen folks get defensive for whatever reason...and that's not the intent here. There hasn't been 1 particular post or poster that's sparking my thoughts...so no one should think they are "guilty" in getting me thinking. I'm hoping this will stay positive and insightful.
I'm the type where I finish something before I move to the next. I knit and quilt. I have 1 thing going, and don't even consider starting something new until the current project is done. I don't have knitting going on if I have a quilt in-progress.
Home DIY is the same thing. I start it and end it and nothing is left over for later. I will not start another project until the current is completely over. That's just me.
What is my mindset???...I don't want to store the yarn, fabric & stuff that accumulates with multiple projects. I don't want to live in a house where projects are pending...or items are collected and waiting to get done.
I work in the construction industry and I manage projects start to finish. We have start and stop dates. We have schedules, and we have final punchlists details which HAVE to be complete before anyone is done and/or gets paid and can move on. I know that probably explains my reasoning's and decisions for how I function when I do my own personal projects...because that's the world I live in.
I have a few friends who are the opposite and have lots of projects that are always in-progress...and they happen to be folks who are frustrated about their clutter.
I also see a theme of "excuse the mess, we have a lot of things in progress". I think many times that if one would make the decision to finish a job before moving to the next...and stop asking others and themselves to excuse the mess...the extra supplies, the disarray, etc., could be put away or go away. Order would be established, and then you can plan and finish the next thing.
I'm aware there are many factors and changes in life that may put a project to a stand-still for whatever reason...medical problems and the like.
I find it most interesting when there aren't firm reasons for things to be left undone.
Is the the idea of starting up seems great, and boredom sets in before the end?
Is it not having a solid game plan to start and end all the way?
Is there comfort in having things going on all the time?
Is there fear involved in the idea that the final product may not live up to the dream so it's safer to leave it undone?
Anyone have any commentary?